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Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War. Graphic by Christianlorenz97 [CC BY-SA 4.0] viaWikimedia Commons.

Avengers: Infinity War tanks at the box office

"I Feel Pretty" surges to claim the #1 spot. In spite of fan anticipation, marketing hype, and tens years of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe building up to its release, Avengers: Infinity War opened nationwide yesterday in a disappointing fifth place, behind I Feel Pretty, Selfie Dad, I Can Only Imagine, and Tyler Perry's Acrimony. Uncle Walt's Insider reached out to moviegoers and self-described Marvel fans to see why the movie opened so low in the rankings. Here is a sampling of the responses: "Oh, was ... Read more
Teodor shows off his cast member name badge. Photo adapted from NameTagMuseum.com.

Disneyland cast member certified in non-existent language

"I thought it came with extra pay." ANAHEIM, CA -- It's not uncommon to see cast members at Disney parks in the United States with an addition to their name badge indicating their fluency in a language other than English. But Teodor Kennard, a custodial cast member at Disneyland Park, is the only cast member able to speak Êçeþadüàño, and with good reason -- the language does not exist. "It's this gibberish thing my brother Trevor and I made up when we were ... Read more
Artists rendering of Judge Frollo's Gypsy Cabaret. Photo © 1996 Disney, courtesy DisneyScreenShots.com.

Lost Attractions: Judge Frollo’s Gypsy Cabaret

"Lost Attractions" is a recurring feature on Uncle Walt's Insider, where we shine the spotlight on planned attractions that were never built. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Disney's 1996 animated feature, was a smash hit in every way. A light-hearted, comedy-filled romp through Victor Hugo's novel about singing gargoyles [Note: check this before publishing. I haven't read it.], the film was filled with wacky scenes of racism, genocide, mental abuse, unbridled lust, moral hypocrisy, mocking of people who are different, and the burning ... Read more
The mismatched socks of the Dapper Dans. Photo by Daniel Orth [CC BY-ND 2.0] via Flikr.

Dapper Dan’s mismatched socks lead to lawsuit

"My vacation was ruined," says litigious guest. DISNEYLAND RESORT -- The first of what may be many lawsuits arising from a situation first reported here last November has been filed, after one member of the park’s beloved barbershop quartet, the Dapper Dans, appeared on Main Street U.S.A. with unmatched socks. “I normally have the green striped costume,” the anonymous baritone told Uncle Walt's Insider, “and I put on green socks at home. But then Thursday I needed to be the blue Dapper Dan, but ... Read more
Disney Skyliner artist's conception. (c) 2017 Disney.

Disney admits: Skyliner is an April Fools joke

"We didn't think anyone would actually believe it." WALT DISNEY WORLD -- Put your dreams of riding a gondola away, Disney fans. It turns out the new Disney "Skyliner" at the Walt Disney World Resort is just an elaborate prank that got out of hand. "It started with some posts we read on Disney fan sites," spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation) tells Uncle Walt's Insider. "Some of the more obsessive fans noticed that Walt Disney World had filed permit requests for buildings that ... Read more